GBSN 2012…making the connection

GBSN was established in 2003 as a sub unit of International Finance Corporation which is a part of the World Bank. It was mainly established to work on developing a new model to strengthen business management and leadership in African continent. First global network of top business schools which focuses on strengthening management education in emerging markets.

IMT Ghaziabad was the proud academic host of the 7th Annual International Global Business School Network Conference (GBSN) which was held for the first time in Asia, from June 11- 14, 2012 in New Delhi.

With the theme, Making the Connection: Management Education Powering Development, the GBSN 2012 Annual Conference brought together on a common platform, nearly 150 management education, development and industry professionals from over 36 countries, as well as educators and other professionals committed to increasing opportunity and improving lives by advancing management education for the developing world.

Guy Pfeffermann, Founder and CEO, Global Business School Network says “Indian businesses, government and civil society have moved farther ahead than almost any other country, and certainly more than any country of comparable size, in focusing on the base-of-the-pyramid. Considering the parlous growth prospects in the US, Europe and Japan, and the slowdown in China, these countries might do worse than learning from India how to develop these markets. Greater inclusion may, in fact, be a palliative to adverse macroeconomic conditions.”

The event saw some eminent speakers such as Shri. Kamal Nath, Union Cabinet Minister of Urban Development; Analjit Singh, Founder and Chairman of Max India Limited; Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission of India and Aparajita Ramakrishnan, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation address the august gathering.

The moderators and panelists comprised of esteemed members of the academia such Dr. Soumitra Dutta, Incoming Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University (USA)/Professor, INSEAD, Prof. Steven Dekrey, Senior Associate Dean, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (China), Dr. Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School (Nigeria), and Dr. Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIM Bangalore (India) who emphasized the importance of incorporating learning from management practices around the world.

Through insightful speeches, engaging panel discussions and enlightening site visits, the conference fixated delegates on the theme of the day. Additionally, GBSN piloted a research mentoring program at the conference, matching junior faculty with experienced researchers from GBSN Member Schools.

The discussions centered on important roles business schools play in achieving successful development results, the need to bring more international exposure and opportunities to business schools in effective yet low cost methods and to successfully develop on-the-ground action projects that develop student skills and insights. They also focused on the steps to building prestigious and international education programs, on the growing importance of agribusiness because of climate change and food security concerns.